Where to Eat in Singapore: Best Street Food & Notorious Hawker Centres

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Discovering where to eat in Singapore is almost as fun as learning what to eat when you get there! Ditch the long wait and steep bill at a frilly restaurant, and make your way to the real deal. Singapore’s most popular eating districts have all the authentic eats you want at prices any backpacking foodie can afford.

AGODA EXTRA: The Singapore Food Festival, organized by the Singapore Tourism Board, takes place annually during June or July. Restaurants across the city take part in the event by setting up pop-up restaurants, hosting competitions and conducting culinary workshops.

Singapore hawker centers_Maxwell Road Hawker Center

1. Tour each of Singapore’s HAWKER CENTERS to decide which street foods you love most

No matter where you stay in Singapore, you won’t be far from a hawker center. These street-side “food courts” are loaded with a mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian dishes, as well as local snacks and drinks. Hawker centers fill up during meal times, so you’ll want to “chope” a seat the Singaporean way: leave a pack of tissues (which you should carry at all times) at your seating place until you return with your food!

A few can’t-miss hawker centers in Singapore:

Lau Pa Sat Food Court, 18 Raffles Quay

Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street

Tiong Bahru Market, 30 Seng Poh Road

Chomp Chomp Food Centre, 20 Kensington Park Road

Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road

What to eat when you get there:

Chili crab

Black pepper crab

Hainanese chicken rice

Hokkien mee

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Chinatown Food Street_Singapore

2. Discover oodles of noodles – and stingray – at CHINATOWN FOOD STREET

Cheap food and crazy good flavors reign supreme along Chinatown Food Street. Find Smith Street in Chinatown Singapore, and you’ll be on your way to a steamy bowl of noodles, satay skewers and possibly even a delectable plate of stingray. (Don’t wrinkle your nose at that last one until you try it!)

What to eat when you get there:

Bak kut teh

Yong tau fu

Char kway teow

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Clarke Quay_Zouk_The Chupitos Bar_Beer Market

3. Go where food, drinks and nightlife flow in CLARKE QUAY

While you won’t find the cheapest prices around Clarke Quay, you will find plenty of happy hour specials and every cocktail under the sun. And when the sun goes down, many restaurants in Clarke Quay turn into hopping clubs and bars. For serious techno beats and plenty of room to dance, head to Zouk. Take a shot and chill out at Chupitos Shots Bar, or enjoy a cold beer while listening to live rock ‘n’ roll at the Crazy Elephant.

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Little India_Singapore_Tekka Center

4. Spice up your foodie tour with a bowl of curry at LITTLE INDIA

If you like to scoop up your curry with a fluffy piece of naan, Little India is where you’ll get the hook-up. You also might get a warm, fuzzy feeling when you find that Little India offers way more than traditional Indian food. Make your taste testing a little easier by going to Tekka Center, where you’ll find all the dishes you can sample under one roof. If you’re tired of sightseeing and are ready to sit down at a nice restaurant with air conditioning, pick a table at The Banana Leaf Apolo, where you can choose a house specialty and eat it off a banana leaf.

What to eat when you get there:

Fish head curry



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Bugis_Kampong Glam_Singapore_halal food

5. Eat all the halal food you can find in BUGIS and KAMPONG GLAM

While Bugis and Kampong Glam are best known for their halal and Middle Eastern cuisines, the areas also tout plenty of international choices – with prices that make hungry tourists happy. Start on Bugis Street, and eat your way to Arab Street, where you can continue your culinary journey all the way to Sultan Gate.

What to eat when you get there:




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